Undercover policewoman Soni (Geetika Vidya Ohlyan) walks the streets of New Delhi at night, carrying out sting operations to catch men who would prey on local women. Stressed out by her duties and an unsettled home life—her ex Naveen (Vikas Shukla) keeps showing up uninvited at her apartment, insisting she needs a man in her life—Soni loses her temper and retaliates physically against her arrestees. Her supervisor Kalpana (Saloni Batra) is sympathetic to Soni’s situation, perhaps in part because of her own domestic pressures: she’s married to a fellow officer (Mohit Chauhan) who she hardly ever sees thanks to their busy work schedules, and her mother-in-law (Mohinder Gujral) won’t stop emphasizing her desire for grandchildren. Kalpana and Soni form a bond that deepens even after the latter is demoted to another department—a bond that meets the challenges of sexism and prejudice by similarly transcending class boundaries, as well as the thin line separating the personal and the professional. Ivan Ayr’s expertly performed, visually sumptuous film marries incisive social critique to the police procedural, producing one of the most acclaimed debuts in recent Indian cinema. – Josh Martin

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“The film draws on a subject much in the news and spins it into a multilayered yet low-key study without preaching or sensationalizing.”
– Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Proves the ideal vehicle to explore a wide variety of issues related to gender battles in contemporary Indian society…”
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Ivan Ayr
WRITERS: Ivan Ayr, Kislay
PRODUCERS: Kimsi Singh, Kartikeya Singh
CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Bolen
FEATURING: Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Saloni Batra, Vikas Shukla, Mohit Chauhan, Mohinder Gujral

LENGTH: 97 min
LANGUAGE: Hindi
COUNTRY: India
GENRE: Drama

SUBTITLES: English
FORMAT: DCP

2018 Venice International Film Festival
2018 BFI London Film Festival
2018 Pingyao International Film Festival Roberto Rossellini Award for Best Film
2018 Mumbai Film Festival